News Brief 2/12/2013, Adar 2, 5773
Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Heroic Soldier
President Barack Obama praised the humble heroism of US soldier Clinton Romesha on Monday, awarding him a Medal of Honor for his actions in one of the most desperate firefights of the Afghan war.
Army Staff Sergeant Romesha, 31, fought off fierce enemy fire despite being wounded, in a 12-hour siege of an exposed mountain outpost in 2009 in which 53 American soldiers were pinned down by 300 Taliban fighters, AFP reported.
Eight Americans died and 22 were wounded in fighting that Obama described "as one of the most intense battles of the entire war in Afghanistan."